AMBS Financial Aid for Canadians
The financial aid program at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is based primarily on need. All admitted students, regardless of course load, are eligible to apply for financial aid.
Full tuition scholarships, called the Church Leadership Award and the Next Generation Scholarship, are awarded on demonstration of potential for strong church leadership. They provide full tuition grants for up to three years in the Master of Divinity program and up to two years in a Master of Arts program. The Next Generation Scholarship also includes funds to assist with fees, books and other expenses.
Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) Scholarship
A scholarship opportunity for prospective students from MCEC congregations. Deadline to apply is April 1. Learn more.
AMBS makes grants available to all eligible students, regardless of course load. Mennonite students studying full-time at AMBS (at least nine credit hours per semester) are eligible for grants of up to 50 percent of tuition. Other full-time students qualify for grants of up to 30 percent of tuition. Students taking less than a full load receive aid for a smaller percentage of their tuition costs.
Some grants are provided through special scholarships in which donors support specific needs. Two examples:
- Steiner Bivocational Scholarship assists people who are training for bivocational ministry or who are pastors from a situation where they combined congregational ministry with other employment.
- Multicultural scholarships are available to North American students preparing to minister in a racial/ethnic context and who will contribute to the multicultural ethos of the church.
Congregational and regional church aid
Many congregations and regional churches have loan, forgivable loan and scholarship programs. Applicants should check with their regional church and congregational leaders for information. AMBS matching grants for regional church and congregational contributions may be available as shown below. To apply for matching funds, complete the Church Partnership Form for the appropriate academic year (available under "Documents and PDF forms" on the Forms page). Please note: When Canadian students pay tuition and receive financial aid for tuition, Canadian dollars are at par with U.S. dollars.
AMBS matching grant guidelines
- Full-time Mennonite students who qualify for financial aid at a rate of 40 to 50 percent of tuition:
The student will receive the percentage of aid for which he or she qualifies plus a dollar-for-dollar matching grant of up to $1,000 per year ($500 per term; maximum of two terms) for contributions received from the congregation and/or regional church.
- Full-time Mennonite students who qualify for financial aid at a rate of less than 40 percent of tuition:
The student will receive the percentage of aid for which he or she qualifies plus a dollar-for-dollar matching grant of up to $1,000 per year ($500 per term; maximum of two terms) and a 25-percent match on contributions beyond $500 per term for contributions received from the congregation and/or regional church.
- Full-time other-than-Mennonite students who qualify for financial aid:
The student may receive up to 30 percent of tuition in AMBS financial aid plus a dollar-for-dollar matching grant of up to $1,000 per year ($500 per term; maximum of two terms) and a 25-percent match on contributions beyond $500 per term for contributions received from the congregation and/or regional church.
- Part-time students:
A part-time admitted student may receive a 25-percent matching grant up to a maximum of $125 per term for a maximum of two terms per academic year for contributions received from the congregation and/or regional church.
- Nonadmitted students:
Students who are taking a course but have not been admitted to AMBS are not eligible to receive AMBS matching grants.
AMBS financial aid, including matching grants, will not exceed the cost of a student’s tuition for the semester.
Student employment opportunities
Employment for a student or a spouse is an option, depending on the kind of visa the student holds. However, there are some restrictions related to where someone can seek employment and how the earnings can be used. For information, contact Mary Ann Weber, Admissions Counselor and Student Services Coordinator.
Canadian student loans
Student loans, funded by the government of Canada and administered with participating provinces, are available to Canadian citizens enrolled in full-time study. Repayment is deferred while full-time status is maintained. Students may contact local banks for information. AMBS is registered with the provincial administrative offices for enrollment of students with Canada Student Loans.
How am I expected to contribute?
Students at AMBS assume major responsibility in meeting the costs of their schooling through savings and other assets, employment (including spouse earnings), and grants or loans. We encourage students to explore all the possibilities for support and can offer counsel about sources of support.
How will my need be determined?
All Canadian students applying for financial aid are asked to complete the AMBS Financial Aid Application (by April 15). Eligibility for financial aid is determined from calculations on this form. The student’s demonstrated need is the difference between the official cost of attendance and the expected contribution of the individual/family. An owned primary residence is not included in the assessment of resources available. Students are encouraged to discuss unusual circumstances or expenses with the director of financial aid.
Canadian fund adjustments
After financial aid is awarded, Canadian students may pay tuition in Canadian dollars and receive dollar-for-dollar credit in U.S. currency. In addition, full-time Canadian students may exchange at par up to $1,200 each semester. AMBS grants are in U.S. funds and may be used toward tuition. Some assistance also may be used for living expenses.
Discount for online courses
CMU students can take online courses with a 50 percent discount for tuition. Visit the page that details discounts for online students for details.
Tuition payment options
People taking four or more credit hours who are unable to pay the full amount due upon registration may arrange a deferred payment plan. A payment plan fee of $10.00 will be charged.